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Regulators & Stakeholders

Regulators & Stakeholders

Major regulators and ecosystem partners facilitate the vibrant development of the Hong Kong Fintech ecosystem. 

Government

InvestHK - Fintech Team

InvestHK’s vision is to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as the leading international business location in Asia. Our mission is to attract and retain foreign direct investment which is of strategic importance to the economic development of Hong Kong. It has a dedicated Fintech team in Hong Kong with correspondents located in London, San Francisco and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA). It aims at attracting worldwide innovative Fintech enterprises, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders to expand and scale their business via Hong Kong to the Mainland China, Asia and beyond.

We offer free advice and services to support companies from the planning stage right through to the launch and expansion of their business. Get in touch with us.

InvestHK Fintech Team InvestHK - Fintech Team

InvestHK - StartmeupHK Team

StartmeupHK is an initiative by InvestHK aimed at helping founders of innovative and scalable startups from overseas to set up or expand in Hong Kong. Our services include providing information about the startup ecosystem here in Hong Kong, connecting people to the startup community, hosting startup events and helping to foster a positive environment for startups to thrive.

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Regulators

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) puts great efforts in striking a right balance between retaining appropriate flexibility for innovations and ensuring that customer interests are properly safeguarded during the course of fintech development. The Fintech Facilitation Office, established by the HKMA in 2016, facilitates the healthy development of the Fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and promotes Hong Kong as a Fintech hub in Asia.

HKMA Fintech Facilitation Office Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Securities and Futures Commission

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has established the Fintech Contact Point to enhance communication with businesses involved in the development and application of Fintech which intend to conduct regulated activities in Hong Kong. Under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, no person shall carry on a business in a regulated activity without a licence granted by the SFC. The purpose of the Fintech Contact Point is to facilitate the Fintech community's understanding of the current regulatory regime, and to enable the SFC to stay abreast of the development of Fintech in Hong Kong.

SFC Fintech Contact Point Securities and Futures Commission

Insurance Authority

The Insurance Authority (IA) has established the Insurtech Facilitation Team to enhance the communication with business involved in the development and application of Insurtech in Hong Kong, as well as to promote Hong Kong as an Insurtech hub in Asia. The Team aims at facilitating the Insurtech community's understanding of the current regulatory regime, act as a platform for exchanging ideas of innovative Insurtech initiatives among key stakeholders, and provide advice on Insurtech-related topics as appropriate.

IA Insurtech Facilitation Team Insurance Authority

Ecosystem Partners

Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing

Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (HKEX) Group is a leading financial market operator in the world. In the financial hub of Hong Kong and an additional base in London, HKEX provides world-class facilities for trading and clearing securities and derivatives in Equities, Commodities, Fixed Income and Currency.

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of Chinese and international capital flows, Hong Kong has long been Connecting Mainland China with the World. With the accelerated opening-up of Mainland China’s capital markets, HKEX continues to be a pioneer at the forefront of this historic transition, looking to reshape the Global Market Landscape.

HKEX Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing

Cyberport

Cyberport is the key force spearheading and shaping Hong Kong's Fintech development. Backed by the HKSAR Government, Cyberport is the digital technology flagship in town committed to inspiring innovation, nurturing entrepreneurs, and attracting global talent, partners and companies to Hong Kong for collaborations and business opportunities. After over a decade of dedicated effort, Cyberport has developed into a mature and vibrant digital technology ecosystem, now home to more than 1,500 technology enterprises. Cyberport also houses over 380 Fintech companies that are engaged in diverse areas such as blockchain, cybersecurity, AI, big data, wealth management and transaction engineering. It is the largest Fintech community in the territory. 

Cyberport Cyberport

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) takes an R&D and technology-centric approach fostering Fintech development. Fintech companies are able to:

  • Build and test their Proof-of-Concept (PoC) at HKSTP's sandbox and lab which HKSTP hosts in partnership with HKMA and ASTRI.
  • Enter an open and collaborative ecosystem where they can create synergy with other Fintech players
  • Explore new frontiers with HKSTP's exclusive banking data.
  • Break fresh ground through HKSTP's strategic alliance with leaders in banking, insurance and financial institutions.

Join HKSTP in transforming Hong Kong from an established financial centre to the next Fintech hub.

HKSTP Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) works to deliver innovative technologies with applications in the financing sector – ASTRI Fintech teams develop solutions that leverage Blockchain technology, strengthen cybersecurity, make sense of big data, and provide valuable proofs-of-concept that benefit the entire financial industry. As one of Hong Kong’s strongest Fintech R&D groups, ASTRI is committed to helping drive the sector’s growth into a new era and help contributing to the development of Hong Kong as an international financial hub.

ASTRI Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute

Hong Kong Productivity Council

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation established by statute in 1967, to promote productivity excellence through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings to support Hong Kong enterprises. HKPC is a trusted partner with comprehensive innovative solutions for Hong Kong industries and enterprises, enabling them to achieve resources and productivity utilisation, effectiveness and cost reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in both local and international marketplace. It offers SMEs and startups immediate and timely assistance in coping with the ever-changing business environment, accompanying them on their innovation and transformation journey.

HKPC Hong Kong Productivity Council

FinTech Association of Hong Kong

The Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK)  is led by a volunteer group of board members and committee co-chairs who care about the future of Fintech in Hong Kong, Greater Mainland China and Asia. FTAHK is not-for-profit and have an independent structure, based on pillars of transparency, accountability and governance.

Members range from promising startups and passionate individuals to global financial institutional service providers. FTAHK also works closely with government and regulators to advocate for global standards in the Fintech ecosystem.

FTAHK FinTech Association of Hong Kong

WHub

WHub, Hong Kong’s biggest startup community and power connector, is a platform showcasing startups to accelerate their business through meaningful connections to the resources they need to grow. This consists of connecting startups with other startups, accelerators and incubators, universities, government and investors. WHub also creates bridges and leverages multiple partners in other ecosystems to help startups connect and scale beyond their home countries and region.

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